Break Free and EBP: Techniques on How to Bring Your EBP Game to the Next Level


Tuesday, January 24, 2023
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Session Type: Workshop

Have your staff ever attended a training and returned to the office excited to try new strategies only to have that excitement fizzle out? Come learn how one agency has created an EBP (Evidence Based Practices) Now! Initiative that uses movie trailers, cartoons, newsletters, and monthly staff-led boosters to maintain excitement and engagement around EBP. Does your staff struggle with comfort levels when using evidence-based practices? Or are you simply looking for better buy-in with Cognitive Based Techniques? Join us as we share how to create a learning culture where using evidence-based practices is staff driven, exciting, embraced, and fun! Is your staff interested in having more opportunities for engagement in evidence-based practices? Discover inventive ways to reinforce training previously learned by officers, build a strong skill foundation, help form positive relationships with co-workers, and be able to provide additional support to maximize changing offender behavior.


Jason Potts
PO Supervisor, Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Adult Probation

Jason Potts has worked for the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, Ohio for the past 19 years. He has held various positions during that time ranging from Line staff, to Intensive Supervision Officer to a Probation Manager. In 2018 he became Chair of the EBP Now Committee. Jason has instituted monthly Booster Sessions and the EBP Now Academy, were he and other committee members, instruct, guide, and train officers in using EBP methods for practical and successful implementation.

Sara Shields
QA Manager, Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Adult Probation

Sara Shields has worked for the Franklin County Adult Probation Department in Columbus, Ohio for the last 21 years. She has held various positions in the department including Line Officer, Chemical Dependency Officer and Senior Probation Officer. She is currently the Continuous Quality Improvement Manager and oversees evidence-based practice initiatives for the department. In 2013, she became a lead trainer for the Probation Officer Training Program through the Supreme Court of Ohio. Sara has a M.A. in Sociology and a B.A. is Criminology from Ohio University.